By: Paolo M. Bustamante
One of the few Schools who still follow the Art-Deco design, The Far Eastern University has come a long way when it comes to preserving one of Manila's Lost architectural style. But what is Art-Deco, it was the trending style during the 1920's and 1930's you can characterize it by its shapes and by it's specific geometrical figures, strong colors and objects such as flowers in architecture. It was a trending architectural style in Manila but all came to a halt when the Japanese invaded the Philippines.
The Far Eastern University was founded in 1928 by Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. he appointed Pablo Antonio to design the campus, but during WWII, the campus served as a military base for the Japanese but, unfortunately Dr. Nicanor Reyes Sr. died during the war. Even though the campus was damaged after the war. it's façade was left untouched but though the years the words Far Eastern University changed from Art-Deco to modern. The campus was recognized by the UNESCO in 2005 for preserving its Art-Deco Style.
The St. Scholastica's College in Leon Guinto Manila and the Mayflower building of the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde are some of the few schools in Manila who has buildings that are Art-Deco. I hope that there will come a time that the demolished Art-Deco buildings will be brought back.